Fine dust floats in the air we breathe.
Dust is everywhere. Inevitably, dust is generated in places where products are handled and processed. Coarse dust settles quickly, but fine dust floats for a long time in the air we breathe. The dust can be inhaled and deposited in the lungs. View the illustration at the bottom of this page.
That is why dust can harm people's health in the long run. The golden rule for occupational safety and health protection should apply to dust at work: "Avoid what can be avoided!"
What are the requirements?
MWC value = Maximum Workplace Concentration (applies to gases, vapors and suspended particles). View the table at the bottom of this page.
BIA = Berufsgenossenschaftliches Institut für Arbeitssicherheit (Occupational Safety Institution, founded by the German Employers' Insurance Association).
ZH 1/487 = ZH: central body for accident prevention. Series ZH 1 - Rules and Guidelines of the Association of Employers Liability Insurance. 487: "Equipment for the extraction of dust hazardous to health by diverting clean air into the work area".
An overview of the main specifications can be found below.
Learn more about the Air Pollution Directives: IRCEL-CELINE.